The Prefecture of Reunion has issued a level 1 alert, signaling a “probable or imminent” eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the southeast of the island, approximately 20 miles from Saint Pierre where I’m living. Rather than being concerned, this extra vigilance has the Reunionese EXTREMELY EXCITED. Eruptions here happen almost once a year and pose little threat to the safety of the island, or that’s what they say at least. We will see! I have two weeks of vacation starting today, so I have nothing to do but look east towards the volcano (I can’t actually see it from here though). Stay tuned for the latest developments.